“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 ESV)
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:2 ESV)
“…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Gal. 3:26 ESV)
“…we have the mind of Christ.” ( 1 Cor. 2:16 ESV)
Spiritual warriors defeat the powers of darkness by abiding in Christ. Intimacy with Jesus is our chief weapon against Satan. Daily repentance, when we sin, and forgiving others who have wronged us, are important keys to overcoming the devil. A mind set on things above is always the safest way to wage spiritual warfare. Abiding in Christ is, staying put in the secret place, and enjoying Jesus who is our Rock and our Refuge.
When we abide, we are covered in his presence, hidden in Christ and there we find protection. It’s important to renounce any of the works of darkness we (I’m talking to Christians) have been involved with. Contrary to the popular belief of some believers, we can fall back into a trap of the enemy, and once again become ensnared to darkness. But, all who have strayed, by Gods’ grace have a way back to fellowship with the Father, through confession and repentance. Because Jesus paid our sin debt on the cross with his blood, we are no longer condemned. (Rom. 8:28)
Even though the Christian life involves a struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil, we fight from a new creation mentality. A focused and intense prayer life must be a key part of our spiritual development as spiritual warriors. It will take a radical commitment, if we are to stay free, and to help others to become free of demonic strongholds.
We must submit to God and resist the devil on a daily basis. And it doesn’t hurt to speak those words out loud. It also helps to physically bow our knees before God every day. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 ESV)
We are sons (or daughters) of God. Our adoption is irrevocable! We have access to the power and presence of the Spirit in Christ. We have the mind of Christ. God is for us so who can be against us? We have been delivered from our former slavery to sin, and can now live free in Christ. We have access to the Father in heaven. We can approach him for help in our time of need.
Pray for those who have been taken captive by the evil one according to 2 Timothy 2:25-26.
Lord, grant ____ repentance and a knowledge of the truth that ____ may escape from the snare of the devil.